This award winning documentary investigates the controversial phenomenon of "Breatharianism"
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"A brilliant pioneering study of a fascinating phenomenon. This investigation shows how persistent curiosity can be rewarded with an opening of minds and an expansion of scientific possibilities."

by Prof. Rupert Sheldrake, Biologist, University of Cambridge, Theory of "Morphic Fields"
Prof. Rupert Sheldrake, Biologist, University of Cambridge

"A well made and wonderfully balanced documentary about a difficult and controversial topic."

by Dr. Amit Goswami, Theoretical Physicist and Director for the Center for Quantum Activism in Eugene, Oregon

"Thriving without eating? Living on no food at all? It sounds ridiculous. It flies in the face of everything we know about nutrition and biochemistry. Nevertheless, there are intriguing historical cases and people today who still claim it is possible. 'LIGHT' is a pioneering and provocative film on the controversial claims of 'breatharians." Recommended for anyone interested in the far reaches of human potential, this film will inspire some, perplex others, and infuriate the rest -- but you will not be bored."

by Dean Radin Ph.D, Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Dean Radin Ph.D
Dr Jacob Liberman, optometrist, vision scientist author of "Light: Medicine of the Future" and "Take Off Your Glasses and See"

“Having gone without eating for 63 days in 1994, I found this film fascinating. The exquisite balance of science and humanity makes this film a must see for anyone excited by the unexplored reaches of human potential. I loved it!"

by Dr Jacob Liberman, optometrist, vision scientist author of "Light: Medicine of the Future" and "Take Off Your Glasses and See"

“In the Beginning There was Light` is the first documentary in history that explores the phenomenon of Breatharianism from a scientific standpoint.
The film does not get lost in the narrow scopes of ideological, religious or cultural approaches - a truly pioneering work.
It is my genuine wish that this movie will inspire many people for the quest for truth - as passionately and as courageously as director P.A. Straubinger did.“

by Master Tianying, Qigong Master and head of the Tian Gong Institute in Berlin
Master Tianying, Qigong Master and head of the Tian Gong Institute in Berlins
Professor Gerald Pollack, Professor of Bioengeneering at the University of Washington

"​​​I found P.A. Straubingers film "In The Beginning There Was Light" mesmerizing. Few people believe in prolonged survival without food, but the many compelling interviews in this film provide persuasive evidence for such a possibility. The usual question is: "where could the energy come from?" My book "The Fourth Phase Of Water" provides a possible answer: LIGHT. Experimental evidence shows that light imparts energy to water, including body water. That energy may, in some instances, provide enough energy for sustaining life."

by Professor Gerald Pollack, Professor of Bioengeneering at the University of Washington

"The remarkable claims made in this film seem impossible according to current science. However, at some future date when we have a clearer understanding of the capabilities of the mind, such claims may yet come within the range of science."

by Prof. Brian Josephson, Nobel Prize laureate , Professor of physics at the University of Cambridge
Foster Gamble

"I watched it and I loved it....I am thrilled that "In The Beginning There Was Light" is so well done because it helps bring quality and credibility to the vital topics it explores. What's important is not whether you eat food or drink water to sustain yourself, but, "What is energy...and what are the spiritual possibilities of being human?" This film is an epic exercise in expanding our worldview without losing our discernment - a critical skill in these challenging times."

by Foster Gamble, "Thrive"-Movement

"This is certainly an amazingly pivotal film that so effectively shows ample evidence that one can go without eating for a lifetime. And that there are essential techniques to cultivate to make this a safe discipline to adopt for those curious and committed enough to explore deep spirituality.”

by Sperry Andrews, Director of The Human Connection Institute and the Conscious Intelligence Institute
Sperry Andrews, Director of The Human Connection Institute and the Conscious Intelligence Institute

"Wow! What a great job you have made in creating this film. Our third book, which is still unpublished will cover breatharianism and we will surely mention this amazing work you have done. Really, not only were you able to present the concept in a scientific way, you were also able to get to the core of it."

by Heather and Gio Ligresti, Authors of "The Dawn of Awakening"
Heather and Gio Ligresti, Authors of 'The Dawn of Awakening
Karin Metzger, Yoga Teacher at Jaya Yoga

"Since I first read about 'breatharianism' in 'Autobiography of a Yogi' by Paramahamsa Yogananda in 2004 i was caught by the fact that the possibility to live without food seems to exist - at least for some, maybe "enlightened" humans. But, as daily business went on, I did not do lots of research about the topic. That's why i'm grateful even more that P. A. Straubinger explored the subject of breatharianism - representative for diverse other subjects that do not exist for "official science" - for many years to finally edit this informative and eye-opening documentary. The "lightdocumentary" is encouraging every individual to question our common materialistic world view and find new - or old..! - answers!"

by Karin Metzger, Yoga Teacher at Jaya Yoga

​​"In The Beginning There Was Light" is an intelligent, joyful, and entertaining documentary, offering the most well-rounded investigation into the topic of `breatharianism` to date. Is it truly possible for some humans, under specific circumstances, to live directly on Qi, on Prana, on Light as they claim? Without food for weeks, months, years, or even decades? What are the dangers, and is there any medical and scientific proof or explanation? If the idea that ALL humans must eat to survive can be challenged - then what of the rest of our materialistic world-view? Watch this fascinating film, and allow the mind to be blown wide open. For Yogis, Qigong practitioners, metaphysicians, consciousness explorers, medical practitioners, or human pioneers interested in the edges of human possibilities - this is one of the most important films of our time. Highly recommended!

by Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan, DAOM, L.Ac., Doctor of Acupuncture, The School of Dan Tian Wellness
'Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan, DAOM, L.Ac., Doctor of Acupuncture, The School of Dan Tian Wellness
Matthew Gilbert

"In The Beginning There Was Light" embeds the viewer in the curious mind of filmmaker Peter-Arthur Straubinger as he tries to make sense of the remarkable phenomenon of breatharianism - people who can live for weeks, months, and even years without food or fluids. An unlikely possibility, yes, but in Straubinger's steady hands, the evidence slowly unfolds that such people do exist, at least according to reports of personal experiences and well-documented laboratory studies. By the end of the film your belief systems will be challenged while you also appreciate the skill with which the case has been made.​

by Matthew Gilbert, Founder of Cinema Noēsis: Films for Evolving Minds, part of the Institute of Noetic Sciences

I just finished watching "In The Beginning There Was Light", and I loved it! The documentary explores a fascinating topic about people who appear to be able to live without eating food. Not only is the topic intriguing but the quality of filmmaking is superb. It is beautifully shot, well paced, and features compelling interviews with a wide variety of remarkable people. It is so refreshing to watch a film that expands one's consciousness and awareness and opens a person up to amazing possibilities. Before watching this film, I had believed that it was impossible to live on light or prana alone. Now I'm not so sure. I feel that it is definitely a topic that bears further serious investigation. It may change my life!

by Mary Duprey, Producer, Breakthrough Visionary Films
Mary Duprey

"A Breath of Light, in The Age of Light"

by John Fellows, Strategic Advisor at the Future Life Institute
John Fellows, Strategic Advisor at the Future Life Institute
Christine Andrews, Host and Founder of Elightening Radio

At face value this film may seem to be solely about the phenomenon of Breatharianism - what is it, is it possible, and if so, how could this be? However the questions and discussions that emerge as a result of the film compel us to take a deeper look at what is possible in our world and the roles that the mind and science play in crafting our possibilities in this material realm. We are challenged as we accompany Peter Straubinger’s journey to discover not only what is possible, but what becomes possible if we start to be open to new questions and new data. It was uncanny to watch my own inner beliefs and assumptions crack open for further inspection as the film progressed. The film allows us to launch new conversations as a result of the questions that arise. By the end of the film, I was still processing what my beliefs really are in regard to the topic. However, what I did discover was just how much my awareness had been elevated through the film’s journey as it led me to ask questions I’d never before considered. This is film making at its finest, particularly for such a controversial subject so expertly and evenly handled.

by Christine Andrews, Host and Founder of Elightening Radio

In the Beginning There Was Light is an excellent documentary on all levels… message, presentation, videography, and sensible, balanced ideas for this unique subject.There were so many important points in the big picture far beyond the breatharian/light focus that any viewer can gain insights and a broader understanding of the multi-dimensional and holistic aspects of health and wellbeing. A worthy introduction to a fascinating and complex study of our greater nature and human potential.

by Harold W. Becker, Author and Founder, The Love Foundation
Harold W. Becker, 
Author and Founder, The Love Foundation